My Lifestyle Lately – February

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This is my new avatar I designed myself which I’m really pleased with.

Style

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I’ve wanted a pair of white snow boots since 1994 when I saw Mariah Carey wearing them in her video for  All I Want for Christmas is You. I couldn’t believe it when I saw these in the Easy Life catalogue with the Sunday papers! They go with so many more things than you would expect like wide leg tracky bottoms, cargo pants or boyfriend jeans (rolled up), skinny jeans, even casual skater type dresses.

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I’ve been searching for years for slim fit cargo pants that aren’t made of hemp or linen which creases so easily. I did find a lot of festival/harem pants with crotches down to knees – not exactly the look I was aiming for. Then I looked at the EMP online shop and found this subtle take on the classic 1980’s ‘bondage pants’ that punks/goths used to wear. I was thinking of getting the proper ones but figured with my expertise in co-ordination and spacial awareness that I might get looped around stuff or tangled up in general lol I’m going to get a long keychain for them though if I can find one.

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This is the comfiest top ever! The neck isn’t too low at the back (equalling freezing cold) or too high around my neck at the front (equalling strangulation) , the little cap sleeves keep my shoulders warm but aren’t clingy under the arms, it’s slim fit (so I don’t feel ‘lost’ in it) and long enough to tuck in at the bottom of my back so I don’t get ‘catch a draft’. All of my physical Sensory Processing Disorder traits are totally catered for basically. There’s lot of other Deadpool merch over at EMP as well.

 Recording Positivity 

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Struggling to get a diagnosis of Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome (a vastly misunderstood genetic connective tissue disorder) whilst struggling with all of the symptoms of it can be literally exhausting and very stressful. Attending endless hospital appointments and explaining things to people who should actually be explaining the specifics to me! Also navigating my way around friendships with all of the various needs and quirks that my disabilities and chronic illnesses bring. Most of which seem to be very confusing to people, even after repeated concise explanations and examples. That’s even before the chronic fatigue kicks in! So I decided to get a pretty diary and pens from Paperchase and write something positive in it every day, even if it’s a small-ish thing like getting my favourite takeaway or receiving a compliment. This way I will have around 30 positive things to look back on every month.

 Cute Things! ^_^

I’m Chrissie and I’m not ashamed to say that I adore quirky-cute things and have a slight obsession with stickers.

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The notebooks are from Box Monster, the stickers are from Red Bubble (apart from the Hendrix one which is from Afflecks) and the pins are from Box Monster and Punky Pins.

Veggie, Gluten and Dairy free Food

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Very similar in texture to falafel, these koftas are so versatile and can go with salad and dips, make a chunky burger or bulk up pasta or stir fry. The Moroccan ones are my faves as they are savoury, slightly spicy but also slightly sweet.

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I’ve recently gotten into salads full of protein and this bean salad with sweetcorn, red sweet pepper, red onion, chickpeas, little gem lettuce, cherry tomatoes, mint, olive oil and a tiny bit of mango and green chilli dressing (from the local world foods shop). It’s so quick to make and really light and refreshing.

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Finally I’ve found veggie sausages that are dairy and gluten free which have a lovely taste and texture. Sausage butties with brown sauce at last!

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I’ve started making my own falafel. Even on weak/fatigued days I can cook in my slippers and dressing gown (hair tied back, sleeves rolled up) and while I fry the falafel the Bloke can chop the salad which takes me an absolute age to do safely any way. Team work!

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More widely available snacks which I can eat! Quinoa Chips are available from LIDL and Coop, Proper Corn basically everywhere, Graze bags, Salt and Vinegar Crisps and Cheesy Natchos (not featured) from Tesco and Indian Saag cashews from Coop.

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The set up in my bedroom was not working for me, so I took the end off my bookcase to open up the space more and bought two new strings of fairylights. Moroccan style drilled gold metal hearts and mini rose gold flowers. This makes the room look a little bigger but much cosier. I also bought a string of perspex bats left over from halloween for a quid but I’m saving those, haha!

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The collard dovies who we feed have had another little egg which eats off the window ledge like it’s parents. It’s so skinny and cute!

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I’m so pleased with the mobility adaptations in the house now. Two rails to get me up the stairs, a grab rail on the landing to guide me into the bathroom so I don’t fall down the stairs instead and a chair in the shower, making taking a shower so utterly relaxing, rather than the exhausting – back aching nightmare it once was.

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Came across tulips in Coop and got two bunches because they are some of my favourite flowers and really brighten up the place.

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The Raven girl by Audrey Niffeneger is a beautifully illustrated fairytale about a girl who is half raven and longs to have wings of her own. It is gothic while also being contemporary and rather wonderful. The themes cover love, acceptance, betrayal, self discovery and scientific breakthrough.

Chrissie

Spring in Your Step!

Spring in Your Step!
Trainers can be a pretty and versatile part of your Spring wardrobe.

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box review – February

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box review - February

The first box I reviewed (here) was a backdated one from summer but this is the official The Vegan Kind – February beauty box (£15 + 3.15p&p), which is why I’ve gotten lip scrubs in two consecutive boxes, by chance I suppose.

Tea Face Healing Hydration Scrub (RRP £17.99)

Apart from me wanting to call this ‘Tea-y Mc Tea Face’ I actually think this product is worth a post of it’s own because I need to show it to you properly. It’s a face or body scrub made up of green tea granules and essential oils which hydrates and evens skin tone and texture. Very effective!

Discount Code: YTVEGANK10 for 10% off from 1st Feb – 31st March http://www.yourtea.com

Noughty Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner 150ml (£6.99)

This newly launched haircare range is vegan and 97% natural, free from petrochemicals, silicones, parabens and sulphates. The last time I used an intensive conditioner all over my hair I had to wash my roots again the next day! Not so with this leave-in conditioner as the shea butter and argan oil moisturised all of my hair evenly and balanced it perfectly. Naturally, I still had to oil my coarse hair afterward but only nearer toward the ends as the rest simply didn’t need it – hurrah!

Discount Code: NOUTVK25 for 25% off from 1st Feb – 31st March http://www.naughtyhaircare.co.uk

Grounded Edible Mango Lip Scrub (£4.95)

When something has edible in the tittle, you know that it’s totally natural. This is the perfect flavour for a lip scrub as it’s tropical rather than sickly sweet. It also has the perfect amount of Jojoba oil to moisturise but not too much that the sugar granules slide around ineffectively like other lip scrubs I’ve tried. This actually worked perfectly!

Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge (RRP £4.99)

The sponge is latex free which I appreciate and I like the idea that it comes in a zip lock pouch but the plastic of the pouch has that chemical kind of smell that cheap inflatables have, which rather spoils it. Still, a great tool to apply your perfecting/matifying moisturiser, foundation and shimmer or highlighter and also easily washable of course. I’m sticking to brushes when to comes to applying powder though.

Discount Code: VEGAN15 for 15% off http://www.spectrumcollections.com

PHB Ethical Beauty 100% Organic Apricot Lip Gloss (RRP £12.95)

I’d say around 80% of the lipgloss I’ve tried have immediately given me a mild sore throat. This does not and it doesn’t smell or taste of sweets and my hair and my Bloke don’t get accidentally glued to it and it actively moisturises lips (even mine) with Shea Butter and Jojoba oil. It’s more like a slightly frosted lip balm with a doe foot applicator. Again, another perfect product!

This is the best beauty box out there in my opinion because it’s great value for money, the products are natural and luxurious and the brands are all cruelty free.

Chrissie

Bull Dog Skincare for men Review

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The Bloke has been looking for a reliable cruelty free mens skincare brand since L’Oreal took ownership of The Body Shop, which was his usual go to brand.  So he was really pleased to come across the British brand Bull Dog.

  • BUAV (leaping bunny) approved cruelty free
  • No animal derived ingredients ever
  • Certified ‘Ethical Company’ by Good Shopping Guide
  • No artificial colours
  • No synthetic fragrances

Original Moisturiser (with Aloe, Camelina and Green Tea) £6.00

The Blokes face gets battered by the weather when he’s on his bike and this moisturiser really protects, calms and replenishes his skin.

Original Face Wash (with Aloe, Camelina and Green Tea) £4.00

So many face washes are either too scented, too foamy or too oily but he says this one is perfect and also uses it as a body wash in the bath and shower.

Chrissie

The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book Review

I’d gotten to the point where if I had to colour one more leaf (out of hundreds) I was going to throw my adult colouring book out of the window. Same with flowers. Also, daffodils are very pretty but everyone knows they are yellow, so exactly where is the creativity in that? When I received an email asking me did I want to review Natasha Itzcovitz’s debut The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book I was really excited for the opportunity to actually be creative again.

The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book

For me colouring is relaxing and a creative outlet, even on the days when I have fatigue and brain fog and lack the capacity to draw something myself. It’s a great distraction from any negative thoughts and a good exercise in mindfulness as unlike watching TV, which is incredibly passive, it requires enough concentration to keep you focussed.

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Mermaids are so passé, It’s time octomaids get the attention they deserve!

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The difference between using marker pens and colouring pencils has been a revelation! You can get so much variation in texture and depth of colour with pencils, which comes in handy when colouring fabric and hair.

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With 100 hand drawn illustrations there will be at least a few characters in here you will personally identify with and other styles covering many decades which you can let your imagination loose on.

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Another thing I really love about this colouring book is some of the concepts are rather bonkers, which suits me just fine, ha!

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There’s also a pirate, hipster guys and this cute skater boy.

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The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book by Natasha Itscovitz, rrp £8.99 available at WHSmiths and other retailers.

Chrissie

Statement Prints not Chintz this Spring

 

Prints Not Chintz

e.l.f. Satin Lipstick, Cream Eyeshadow, Baked Eyeshadow & Eye Cream review

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e.l.f. Studio Satin Lipstick £6.00

Not the most moisturising lipstick I’ve ever used but it does glide on smoothly, doesn’t dehydrate lips and lasts an average amount of time. ‘Touch of Pink’ is a warm dusky pink shade which would flatter most people and is true to the sample shade on the UK website. Average-good value for money which e.l.f always is.

e.l.f. Studio Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow £4.50

This is the kind of eyeshadow that is easy to apply with your fingers but it’s also the kind which will end up in a line in the crease of your eye, unless you use primer first and even a tiny dusting of powder afterward. ‘Ain’t That Sweet’ appears paler in reality than on the website but used on the eyelids it’s the perfect shade for green or blue eyes or used sparingly at the highest part of the brow bone.

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e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow £4.50

I needed a rich medium-dark brown eyeshadow for my cut crease to add depth to my very hooded eyes and ‘Bark’ is the perfect colour. However, the sample square on the UK website makes it look like a matte grey-ish brown so do go off the full picture instead. A lot of people use matte shadow for this but I’ve found shadows which are slightly metallic help to open up my eyes more and makes them appear less ‘frowny’. Studio baked Eyeshadow is easy to blend when dry but the colour has more of an impact when applied with a damp brush.

e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream (normally) £12.50 for 14g

This free sample was included with my order. I actually prefer the cooling effects of eye gel which I normally keep in the fridge. I suffer from terrible under eye bags rather than dark circles and found that the Illuminating Eye Cream didn’t make much of a difference aesthetically but it did make my eyes feel much fresher and more awake.

Chrissie

Alternative Valentines Gifts

Alternative Valentines Gifts

 

Crazy but Cute

Crazy but Cute
Only slightly inspired by a certain comic book character ;o}